Does my child qualify for a Service Dog?
- Is a resident of Alabama.
- Is age 9-19 or is a full-time college student.
- Recipient is attending a traditional public or private school.
- Recipient has the ability and responsibility to care for and manage a dog on his or her own.
- Recipient has no history of violent behavior.
- Child has a qualifying disability for a service dog under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Completes the application and meets the fundraising goals (see application process).
- Has a recommendation for a service dog from a medical doctor who has treated applicant for at least six months.
- Home passes an inspection to certify the living environment is safe and comfortable for a dog (Fenced yards are required with few exceptions).
- Family passes a formal Interview to assure all family members are supportive.
- Family has the financial means to properly support a service dog and the time required to assist in maintaining the dog’s training.
- The lifestyle of the recipient (or parent) is suitable for having a service dog.
- Recipient (or parent) agrees to the SDA Care and Training Guidelines.
- Recipient (or parent) agrees to attend training sessions as requested by a SDA Trainer.
- Recipient (or parent) agrees to a two day re-evaluation and re-certification in Montgomery, AL annually for the first 3 years that he/she has his SDA service dog.
- Recipient (or parent) commits to a fundraising goal that coincides with the type of service dog that you need.
Service Dogs Alabama's K-9s 4 Kids program provides Service Dogs to children who meet this criteria:
SDA trains service dogs for children diagnosed with:
- Certain types of Autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome
- Disorders that require assistance for balance or wheelchairs such as MS, Dysautoanomia, joint and muscular disorders, and Spina Bifida
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seizure Assistance
- Type 1 diabetes